BY TAMMIE SMITH Richmond Times-Dispatch Jan 20, 2019

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Datamation Inc., an Ashland-based business specializing in installing telephone systems and other communications networks, is calling up new leadership.

The founding partners have sold the business to three longtime employees — Chris Crown, Mark York and Aaron Casstevens.

“Chris over the last several years has moved into the office to mirror what I did as far as running the shop,” said Doug Sculthorpe, the last of the three founding partners to retire. He said business partner John Casstevens retired about 14 years ago, while partner Bob Carlson retired several years ago.

All three of the new owners have been with the business for more than 20 years. Crown and Aaron Casstevens came as untrained apprentices. York had some experience in the field and has been lead technician for the past 10 years.

“They were all relatively young and learned the business as field service technicians, doing whatever was required of them,” Sculthorpe said.

Sculthorpe, Carlson and John Casstevens started the company in 1991. They had met years earlier while working at the former C&P Telephone company. After watching their employer go through transitions and mergers, they decided to take fate into their own hands and start a business.

The company has 15 employees and has done work for such clients as SunTrust Bank and McGuireWoods.

Terms of the sale, which closed Jan. 4, were not disclosed.